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It has been 24 hours since we touched down in good old America. I think it is universal for our whole group that we want to go back RIGHT NOW. 

I started missing it the second we got to the airport in Accra. It is so weird to be home with all of the internet access and the american food and the lack of children on the side of the road yelling “Obroni Obroni!”I miss the wonderful friends that I made during my time in Ghana and I know that mt life is changed. I will be the first to admit that I like my comfort items. I like my computer and I like my iPhone and I like my car, but being in Ghana made me realize that I don’t need those things. I have witnessed the lives of people who have nothing. I have seen teenagers that don’t have cell phones to be connected to. I have seen small children that are satisfied by the excitement of seeing a white person walking down the street. 

When I was planning my Senior Project, Teacher Steve told me to pick a project that was going to change my life. I am so happy to report that I did. Heritage Academy is part of my life now. I know that I will not go one day for the rest of my life without thinking about the 2 and a half weeks that I spent there. Those kids, my students, they became my brothers and sisters. It might sound lame to say that thinking about those kids is bringing tears to my eyes, but it is true! I love them! I sound crazy, I know, and I’m rambling but I really can’t find the right words to express how much that school means to me now. I am planning on returning to Ghana for summer classes this July. My kids are praying for me to find enough money to make the trip again, and I will do anything to make sure that it happens. Oh! I also started the beginning phases of starting a club at Muhlenberg College next year. There has been a lot of interest so far and I am thrilled that people are interested. 

Right now, I am sad that I am not in Ghana, but I’ll go back this summer, and I’ll see those amazing, wonderful, talented, brilliant, smart children again. I know I will. 

Love,

Jordan

In Fante?

Things are starting to become normal in Ghana. We are starting to get into a routine with school and I can assure you that we are all working VERY hard. It seems that everyone’s classes are going well and all of the kids are really warming up to us!

Copp and I had a class that was rather difficult to work with, but today we had a real breakthrough with them. We asked them to start writing their own rap or song and they all handed in beautiful pieces of this amazing poetry. They wrote about their love for soccer and their families and for God and it was really touching to read the words that all of the kids wrote. In our first class, I have grown especially close to a young boy named Solomon. Those that have been to Ghana know that “taking me as a sister” is a very big honor and quite a compliment. Well, Solomon has taken me as his sister and his pen pal. He has asked to see pictures of all of my friends and family. I have taken close to 300 pictures already, so I promise that I will have plenty when I get home. The cutest thing is when kids write notes and hand them to you during class, they get so excited and it is the sweetest thing. There is this amazing girl in one of my classes named Lydia and she has been so helpful. Overall, the kids have been one of the greatest parts of this trip. They are all beautiful and amazing and I will miss every one of them when we leave.

Yesterday, after school, we made cement blocks as part of our service. I don’t like manual labor but making blocks was so much fun! I don’t know if it was because I am in Ghana, but building blocks was great! Some of the boys came over to help us because apparently we were moving too slowly. It was hard work but I actually loved it. After that we took a walk into the village, Ajumako, and we walked into a nice soda bar thing. There was great Ghanaian music playing and Eva, NyAsia and I started dancing. We were immediately sought after by a random guy but then he turned his sights to Rebecca. He proposed to her and she declined but we wouldn’t give up so T. Michael had a conversation with him. It was great fun.

We have been learning a lot of Fante! That is one of my favorite parts. I love learning the language. It is customary in Ghana to take a name based on the day which you were born, long story short, my Fante name is Kosia, it is a lovely name for girls that are born on Sunday! It is so funny because every time you ask someone how to say something, they ask, “In Fante?” It is very funny.

I have grown close to a boy who works in our house named Bright. He is such a nice boy and he deserves a shout out on my blog.

I have to go because a lot of other people want to use the computer, but I hope to tell the rest soon.

Laura, thanks for keeping up, I love you and I miss you a lot :]

Becca and Jordyn, would a facebook message hurt every now and then? :]

Much love,

Jordan

The Friendliest People in the Entire World

Before I got here, I heard that the people in Ghana are the friendliest people in the world. That is one of the truest statements that I have ever heard.

So we started teaching at Heritage! Copp and I have been having fun teaching music and rhythm to our classes. The only problem that we are having is that we feel like we don’t have enough material to keep them interested for a whole hour. The school is amazing. The kids are so adorable! The little ones are so cute. They walk around holding hands and they look at us like we are aliens. They have warmed up to us a lot though. One little girl, maybe 6 years old named Lisa, sat on my lap for about an hour today. She actually would not let me put her down. The kids go CRAZY over the cameras that we have. I was the first to pull it out and they attacked all of us! They keep asking us to take their pictures so that they can see it. It is really sweet, but when I tell you that they go crazy, I mean it! The pictures will probably be proof, and you will all see the pictures when I get home.

We went into the market today to buy material to get clothing made. I got two fabrics, one for a dress, and one for pants. The people there loved to look at us. There is a specific name for a foreigner here and we heard it about every 5 steps. They would just yell it at us while we were walking down the street. One guy told Eva that he “would give her a beautiful baby boy” she declined, but it was a nice sentiment I suppose…? We met some kids in the market that were in love with our cameras so we had a little photoshoot in the middle of the street. There is a dance called “Azotu” and it goes with a little song and some kids taught it to me at school. So when the kids in the market were doing it so I joined in! The people in the market found that VERY amusing. Everyone laughed at me, then NyAsia did it and a guy asked for her number, obviously she did it better than I did.

Ghana is great. I am learning a lot of the language, Fante, and I am in love with the kids. I still miss my mom, and I miss Becca and Jordyn and Chris, but it is beautiful here and the kids are making the time go so quickly.

Oh! I have grown close to the guy that drives our van, his name is Alaska. He was translating for us in the market today and he taught me a lot of cool stuff. Everyone is playing cards and relaxing now so it is time for me to go.

I love and miss you all,

Jordan

Here we are!

Hi everyone!

So, a lot has happened since we took off on February 19th. First, we caught a plane to D.C. where we hung out for a 3 hour layover. After those hours, we hopped the plane to take the LONG 10 hour flight to Accra. It was very close quarters and almost impossible to stay asleep for an extended period of time. A lot of people were really cold, but I had my brothers Pitzer College blanket (thank you mom). After we landed in Accra, we went through various customs and other things then we loaded onto this tiny bus and we started out 3 hour bus ride to our house. I loved the bus ride, there were so many people around and it was an instant culture shock when we started driving. Let’s just say, the color of our skin did not go unnoticed. People were pointing and waving and laughing anf trying to sell us things, it was quite an adventure! We all naped in the bus for a little bit because we were so exhausted, but then we got home and we started eating dinner. Then we went for a short visit to Heritage to see what it looked like, not we are all sitting in the house doing various things. Half of us look like zombies at this point.

T. Michael got separated from us because of a visa issue but we are hoping that he gets here tomorrow. I especially want him here because he has my sheets, towels, and pillow in one of his bags, its a long story, but either way, I don’t have any of those things until he gets here.

Overall, Ghana is a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people that I have ever met. I am really excited to get to school tomorrow, but I am still apprehensive. I miss my mom a lot (mom, don’t rub that in) and I am really hoping that I’ll make it 18 day away from home. Think good thoughts for me.

Lots of love,

Jordan 🙂

This is weird!

Hi everyone,

It is so hard to believe that I am leaving for Ghana on Sunday. I am so excited to travel and start meeting the kids, though! Copp is going to be teaching music with me and I am so excited that he is going to be with me in the classroom, it makes things so much less intimidating! I am really nervous.  I want all of the kids to like me (I really want to be the fun teacher with the fun class!) but more than that, I want this to be a life-changing opportunity. I don’t know why I am so nervous, I really have no doubt that it will be anything less than life-changing.

I am so excited to go! I am going to be posting as much as possible since I will probably have a lot to say!

Lots of love,

Jordan